07/01/2013

I. International

Tasmania – Wildfires (BBC, ABC, Tasmania Fire Service, Bureau of Meteorology)

  • A number of destructive bushfires have been burning since 3 January in SE Tasmania. As of 06 January around 100 people were missing, and more than 100 homes have been destroyed in a number of towns in the Tasman peninsula, approximately 50km E of the capital Hobart. The most affected was the town of Dunalley, with 65 houses, a police station and a school destroyed.
  • As of early on 07 January around 40 bushfires were still burning in the whole of Tasmania, with only one (in the NW) in the highest “Emergency Warning” alert level. The exceptionally high temperatures on 3-4 January have slightly subsided, but high wind warnings remain in effect for Tasmania.

USA, Alaska – Earthquake (GDACS, WCATWC, USGS)

  • A 7.5M earthquake at a depth of 9.8km hit under sea in the NE Pacific Ocean, approx. 60km W of the sparsely populated Prince Wales Island, Alaska, at 08h58 UTC on 05 January. No damage due to shaking was reported; the max shaking  at the nearest populated place (village of Craig, pop. 1,000) was only "Moderate".

Tropical Cyclone SONAMU-13 (GDACS, NDRRMC, Thailand Meteo)

  • The passage of Tropical Cyclone SONAMU-13 (locally known as AURING) over NW Mindanao and Palawan in the Philippines on 03 January caused a number of flooding incidents that killed 1 person and affected 10,500 others (1,166 of them in 8 evacuation centres) as of late on 06 January.
  • At 00h00 UTC on 7 January, SONAMU-13 was a Tropical Storm with a max. sust. wind speed of 74 km/h, its centre was located in the South China Sea, aprox. 360 km SE of the southern coasts of Vietnam and it was moving SW towards Malaysia, weakening. In the next 24/48h southern Vietnam, southern Thailand and NE Malaysia could be affected by moderate rainfall.

Brazil – Severe weather (AFP, Brazilian Civil Protection)

  • Heavy rainfall (up to 212 mm in 24h) and subsequent floods in the region of Rio De Janeiro on 3-4 January killed 2 people, displaced 2,200 others, damaged 322 houses and affected a total of 200,000 people. Worst hit was the region of Duque de Caxias in the north of the city.

II. Europe

Meteoalarm – Orange Alerts

  • Strong winds in Montenegro – Orange Alert
  • Snow and Ice in central and eastern Czech Republic – Orange Alert

Floods in Europe (EFAS)

  • UK: Continued flooding reported in England. Saturated conditions in most areas. Water levels are slowly falling.
  • DE: In southeast Germany continued rain and snowmelt on 6 and 7 of January has caused an increase in water levels in the upper reaches of the Elbe (Mulde) with a return interval > 20 years and in the upper reaches of the Danube (Isar) and Main rivers with a return interval > 10 years. 
  • SK: increasing water levels on Danube caused by heavy precipitations in last 3 days on German and Austria  basins of Danube.   In upper Slovak part of Danube water levels currently decreasing, in lower part still increasing.

 


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